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What Types of Pain Can CBD Treat?

Many people who endured chronic pain claim that CBD oil helps to manage certain kinds of pain. Studies, too, suggest that CBD oil may help with chronic pain:

While there is some promise amid suggestions that CBD products can manage pain, science is yet to confirm or substantiate the pain-relieving effects of the CBD products.

Some of the most popular CBD products that consumers suggest help alleviate pain include pills / capsules, dabs, oil drops, edibles / gummies, isolate, isolate powder, oil, and tinctures. And if your animals are suffering pain ReferLocal has a line of CBD Pet products.

1.    Chronic pain

We all possess a system called the endocannabinoid system or ECS. According to some researchers, CBD may interact with our ECS receptors in our immune system and brain.

These receptors are minute proteins that attach to our cells, and they receive chemical signals through a range of stimuli, and enable our cells to respond. These responses help in managing our pain by creating pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. Thus, we can say that CBD oil and some other CBD products, can potentially help people who suffer from chronic pain, such as back and joint pain.

A review in 2018 observed how efficiently CBD works to cure chronic pain. The review considered studies that took place from 1975 until March 2018. The review looked at a variety of pains, including:

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Fibromyalgia

Based on the result of these studies, the researchers concluded that CBD could help with efficiently managing pain and does not contain any adverse effects.

2.    Arthritis pain

A study in 2015 looked at CBD's effects in rats suffering from arthritis. In this study, researchers put CBD gel on rats for four consecutive days. The rats took around 0.6, 3.1, 6.2, or 62.3 mg of CBD per day. In the study, the researchers observed a decrease in inflammation and overall reduction in pain that the rats experienced in their joints. Furthermore, they did not note any visible adverse effects.

Thus, it is safe to conclude here that CBD gel does contain pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects that have the potential to help with arthritis pain significantly. Despite these promising studies, we still need additional human studies to form concrete facts. 

3.    Cancer Relief

There are many cancer-stricken people who use CBD products. Some researchers have shown that CBD has the power to shrink the spread of cancerous cells in the body. Many human studies have looked into the role of CBD to help manage cancer pain and assist in cancer treatment.

In a study in 2010, certain subjects under a study took oral sprays of a CBD-THC extract. The researchers gave the CBD-THC extract in opioid conjunction. In this study, the team discovered that the extract consumption was more successful in relieving the pain as compared to giving the opioids alone.

Similarly, a study in 2013 showed similar theories and findings based on the CBD-THC and THC oral sprays. Most of the team that worked on the study in 2010 was a part of this study, too, in 2013. Although we need more evidence even today to substantiate these findings, we can safely conclude that CBD seems to be promising in aiding us in our battle against cancer.

4.    Migraine Pain

The limited findings on the effects of CBD for migraine pain only consider CBD as a pair with THC but not CBD singularly.

However, there was a study in 2017, according to which certain pointers suggest that THC and CBD may reduce acute pain and lead to less severe pain for people suffering from migraines.

This study in question had two phases, wherein participants received a two-compound combination. One compound had CBD up to 9% and nearly zero THC. The other compound had 19% THC, and the participants consumed the doses orally.

Phase one of the test showed no effects on the pain where the dosage was below 100 mg. However, an increased dose of 200 mg reduced pain (acute) by 55%.


While there is no conclusive information yet to favor CBD oil or CBD as a confirmed source of pain management, researchers do provide us with a ray of hope about its benefits.